The fears of tornadoes expressed above greatly exaggerate the actual risk.We have lived in Oklahoma for 10 years next week and finished raising
all of our children here. Never seen a single tornado. Moreover, what most
people do not realize is that Oklahoma is far safer than anywhere near the East
or Gulf coast, or in the earthquake regions of California. Why? Simple.
Oklahoma has the most accurate and widely available weather information of
anywhere in the country. All media in Oklahoma provide minute to minute
coverage of storm tracks, to include the exact time a significant storm will
approach a specific intersection. Moreover, every neighborhood has a system of
obnoxious warning sirens. So there is no excuse to get caught unaware.Not so in hurricanes or earthquakes. Moreover, tornadoes are very precise,
like destructive lasers, making them easy to avoid. The main destruction of the
Moore tornado was a mile wide and maybe 5 miles long. Katrina was 120 miles
long and destroyed far more than a mile inland. And in Utah, strong winds of
Wasatch Valley impact far more than 5 square miles. I know. I grew up in
Bountiful, terrified of wind storms.
Yesterday the report was 51, 24 of those being children, it is sad to have any
deaths, but now the report is 24 total with 9 children. There are 9 moms and
dads with broken hearts today and I just can't imagine their pain, but I am
also glad there were not 24 as first reported. My heart hurts for all those who
lost homes and loved ones. Last month a tornado hit near our church and it is
not entertainment to drive by to see the damage, it is awe of what power mother
nature has and a reminder to be prepared.
Very sorry and sad for the families who lost so much. I would never raise a
family in Oklahoma - especially in the heart of 'tornado alley'. Every
year tornado's burn through this region and you never know from year to
year how big or how many just that there will be some. I would live in constant
fear and that is no way to live.
Back around the turn of the century and even into the 20's and 30's
and 40's, most Oklahoma schools were built with basements or tornado
shelters nearby, (big cellars, that were also used as community tornado
shelters). One of those grade schools that was hit in Moore, was less then 10
years old. And it had no tornado shelter. I guess it just shows that the people
who lived in old times, were much smarter than people who live today. Or maybe
everyone felt that protecting their children, was more important back then, than
Tornado Alley - another name for most of Oklahoma and Kansas. I can't
imagine living there. Every year there is the potential for a rash of killer
tornado's and there is nothing a person can do about it ...other than move
or live in an underground bunker. It is heart breaking to see the devastation to
families and hope they get the help they need. I would REALLY have to consider
moving rather than putting my family through this danger year in and year out.
Hutterite,There may be some storm chasers who could do more, but I
know several personally, and I can tell you when a disaster like this strikes (I
know two who were in Joplin as it happened in 2011) they stop what they're
doing and dive into search and rescue as best they can (many are trained in at
least some rudimentary form of medical assistance) - the guys I know who were in
Joplin worked for many hours into the night trying to rescue people, and coming
upon many fatalities as well. Many storm chasers also serve as storm spotters,
reporting back to the NWS or news affiliates actual "eyes on the ground"
proof of tornadoes that radar does not provide. The fact is too many people
don't heed tornado warnings, and those "eyes on the ground" have
proven to be more effective at getting people to actually take shelter instead
of treating it as another false alarm.
I'm always disappointed that, during a tornado event, there seem to be
whordes of people, be they local gawkers or so called 'storm chasers'
who have time and resources to dedicate to watching these things tear
peoples' lives apart, sometimes at risk of their own safety. Yes, it's
an awesome show, but it also borders on some creepy voyeurism kind of thing.
@JRJ - you think all schools should have large or several pockets of deep
basement with steel doors? Not sure about flooding problem but why not have
basements to all schools.
I am not knowledgeable about tornadoes either, but I am wondering if schools are
provided with a safe room or someway to protect those inside. I also have
looked for and not seen anything about early warning for the schools. Anybody
with information on those kinds of things? So, so sorry about the massive
damage to human life and property. Our prayers are with you and our money is
Years ago in 1949 we lived in Northwest Arkansas and was hit by a tornado
during the night, It was scarry, fortuntely we were all safe. However, back in
those days, when a storm was possible, people had storm cellars to go to, and
the slightest warning of a storm everyone went to their storm cellar. Where
are the storm cellars today. My heart goes out to those who lost a loved one,
or were injured, and had their homes demolished.
The Drudge reported 91 dead as of this morning.
I think there ought to be a law against residing in trailer homes in this part
of the country. And with that thought I also offer my heartfelt sympathy and
condolences to those who lost loved ones.
The thing that really set this tornado apart was that they put out a
"tornado emergency" not a warning or watch, this is the first my husband
had ever heard that, and he has lived in MO all his life. With the emergency
warning, they told the people they had to get down in a basement and have a
helmet to protect their heads. Fox news stated that it was 1.5 miles across and
what made this so bad, it stayed on the ground for 40 minutes and went slow. My
heart goes out to these people and so tragic to have 24 of the deaths be from
the elementary school.
Dale Jones, spokesperson for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the severe
weather. All missionaries have been accounted for and will continue to take
appropriate safety precautions."does anyone know if the LDS
Church is sending any temporal help to Oklahoma?
Video - couldn't tell if that was a twister but seeing dust on each sides.
I remember ksl weather guy saying the word "cell" is not good. Was that
the cell? You can tell I am not knowledgeable on weather. At first thought we
heard 1 mile wide but this article said half mile wide which was it? But still
half or a mile is very dangeous.